Hi everyone! First of all: YAY I'M BACK! WOHOO! Finally! *throws confetti* Thank you sooo much for all your lovely comments regarding my internet issue! So glad to be back and running! *beaming like sunshine* I missed visiting your lovely blogs and reading everyone's brilliant posts. I know that I must have missed A LOT during the short break. *hangs my head in shame*
Anyway, I hope you still have your backpack because today, we're going to visit....
India! The home of some nicest people I've ever met. For some reasons, I always think of elephant when I read India in a book or watch it in movie... so without further ado, this is amazing India, tour guided by an equally amazing blogger! ;)
(I apologize in advance for rather messy post. Blogger won't let me fix the space)
The bookie in action
Hi! My name is Pooja! I go by Ajoop on my blog, On books! I have been blogging for over six months and
to say it’s been fun is an understatement!! I’m thrilled to be a part of
Hilda’s new feature! I've been following Catch The Lune for ages. I absolutely
adore Hilda’s blog and Armchair Backpacker is such a fun way to get the sights and
tastes of various places from around the world brought to us :D
I live in Chennai
(formerly called Madras), which is a metropolitan city in India. I live in the
centre of Chennai, so I’m right in the middle of the traffic jams, flurry of
activity, crammed stores and highways that lead into the tiniest roads and LOVE
it! I couldn’t imagine living anywhere else!
I can’t wait to show you around Chennai, the land of Kollywood (that’s the
Tamil film industry!). It’s just the right time too! It’s not as hot during
August as it is in May. We can flag an auto (provided you are prepared to bargain;
the auto meters are always turned off) and check out some of the places I love!
[Some of the images
are mine. I’ve left links to the source of the others!]
Places You Should Go To
Chennai is nothing without its beaches. With
its creamy sands, expansive ocean, blue skies and the various vendors (sundal with ripe mango, anyone?),
carousal rides and balloon shooting stalls. There’s also horse riding, a number
of parrot fortune tellers, regular fortune tellers and kite-flying! Or of
course, you may prefer to tread closer to the ocean, to just hang out and click
lots of pictures! The Marina Beach is the most famous, though the Besant Nagar
and Elliot’s Beach are preferred by some.
Senmozhi Poonga: “The Classical Language Park”
A botanical garden
recently set up by the horticultural department of the Government of Tamil
Nadu. I haven’t gone there yet but I’ve heard it’s GORGEOUS.
Also known as a “cross cultural living museum of art,
architecture, crafts and performing arts of South India”. With various
reconstructions of typical houses from various states and communities in South
India, live demonstrations of various arts and crafts like weaving, pottery,
puppetry and more, it’s an utterly charming artificial village. If you want to
learn more about the culture of South India, this is an amazing place to visit
for tourists and locals alike!
If you’re the kind of person who is fascinated with history and love to
explore, you will love this temple town that’s filled with historic monuments,
sculptures, temples and rock-cut caves from the Pallava dynasty alongside
beaches and resorts!
It’s a HUGE market-type place overflowing with
branded stores, several smaller stores as well as shops by the pavement (and…
people! So many people!). Want to go shopping for clothes, utensils, bindis,
hair ties, coffee powder or even flowers? Well, it’s all here! It’s filled with
places where you can shop for clothes and shoes at low rates and there are
eateries at every corner, in case you need to stop to catch your breath!
It’s the pavement shopping that’s the most fun as they are overflowing with shoes,
clothes, and more and when it comes to the prices, they expect you to haggle… at least a little!
There are, also the
malls, of which Express Avenue is by far the biggest. I'd
highly recommend catching a movie at Escape Cinemas over there, though when it comes to shopping at a mall, I
prefer Citi Centre because it's comparatively less crowded and has a Landmark which is my fave bookstore!
I was super excited to
find out that iloveread.in, a Chennai-based online library has started the
concept of Auto Libraries, where aside from displaying their ads on
autos… they have also decided to leave behind books in these autos for
passengers to discover! Moreover, if you happen to enjoy reading the book and
haven’t quite finished reading the book at the end of the ride, you’re allowed
to take the book home!
Imagine discovering amazing books every time you step into an auto on your way
to someplace! I’ve been waiting to spot an iloveread.in auto where I can find
an Auto Read!
construction is the Anna Centenary Library, which is one of the largest libraries in Asia!
It’s an awesome place that’s so quiet and has the best atmosphere ever. It’s
easy to sink into the plush seats and get lost in the book you’ve chosen. I
like the Children’s Fiction section the best because there is this artificial
tree right at the center that I love sitting under!
[From top left to bottom
right] South Indian cuisine,
Masala dosa, South Indian thali and
This is South Indian
cuisine for you! It's more rice-based, as opposed to North Indian breads like naan coupled with tandoor (yum!).
Masala dosa is my favourite kind of dosa. It's dosa with a potato filling!
While I am not a big fan
of idli, I do salivate over a platter of mini-idlis! They are so adorable
looking and fluffy!
I love anything cheesy,
so I tend to add cheese and ketchup to anything and everything: from noodles to
even dosa which people find pretty weird but trust me... it's
I hope you enjoyed my mini
tour! There are probably places I've left out... It's impossible to cover them
all! I hope you come visit sometime, we can talk books and hang out all day!
Like Hilda, I'm kind of bad at directions but the people are real friendly so
there will always be someone to point us to the right place when we get lost!
Aww, it's so fascinating that we both are bad with directions, Ajoop! x) And gosh, an auto? I have very similar vehicle like auto in Indonesia! Well well well... who knows that there is something more than these Bollywood actors and elephant in India? ;)
Make sure to check out Ajoop's beautiful blog, On books! because she writes the most creative reviews ever! I'm sure you're gonna love her and her blog the moment you step foot on her blog! x) Need another reason? Because Pooja is such an amazing person with very friendly personality. ♥ That's good enough reason to visit her blog, right? ;)
Looking at these pictures of delicious Indian food get me hungry... off to get some naan bread! ♥ Before I go, here's a map like usual!
Next week will be the last Armchair Backpacker post! *sob* Along with the post, I'm going to have a giveaway so stay tune! Next destination: TOP SECRET! Well, it's good to have no idea where you'll be sometimes, right? :)
Thank you for reading this post, and have a wonderful day, everyone! :)